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Charlie Chan Is Dead 2: At Home in the World (An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction-- Revised and Updated) Paperback – February 24, 2004
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Elaine H. Kim is an author and editor, as well as Associate Dean of the Graduate Division and Professor of Asian American Studies at UC Berkeley.
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While some of these stories fall short of succeeding, all are well-written. The range in voices gives the reader a sense of the variety of the cultures and their individual members. I recommend this for readers of international fiction as well as Asian-Americans who long for writers who speak to their culture. This would make an excellent textbook for high school and college level courses that explore non-Western contemporary literature.
CHARLIE CHAN IS DEAD 2 is rich with Asian American culture. The dialogue and dialects reveal the various voices and faces, which journey beyond US boundaries. The essays in this collection are graphically detailed with metaphors that relate to religion, family, and Asian cuisine. These writers embrace their culture with the voices they provide for the characters they present. The writers jokingly confront stereotypes and acknowledge and understand that it is a part of their identity. The stories speak of the present but resonate with the past struggles Asian Americans have had to experience in the United States.
The essays in CHARLIE CHAN IS DEAD 2 offer a fresh mix of Asian American voices that may appeal to a younger group of readers preferably at the high school and college level.Read more ›
My quest was to examine the lyrical nature of Vietnamese literature. Unfortunately none of the featured authors had this style rub off on them, dubiously trying to write as an Asian American, whatever that is supposed to imply. I came to this conclusion after skim reading the full-length books by the Dinh, Strom, and Truong.
IMHO, Linh Dinh (1st gen immigrant, 1975, fellowship in Italy) is trying too hard to write on hip topics, much like Amy Tan did in her later novel with ersatz erudition in such work as "Saving Fish from Drowning (05) [Amazon 3* instead of 4.5*]." I'd highly recommend he stick with poetry and have bilingual works published; such as Nguyen Du.
Dao Strom's (1st gen immigrant, 1975) "Grass Roof, Tin Roof," is good writing, but lacks utilizing elements of former "Viet" lyrical skills.
And Monique Truong's (1st gen immigrant, 1974, Yale, Columbia Law Sch) tries too hard trying to emulate the French.
So why are these 1st gen Vietnamese authors trying to be something that they aren't?
Only Ka Vang, (1st gen immigrant, 1980, PoliSci UMN, lit & theatre, UK), the single Hmong author stays closer to her cultural roots.
So where does one find lyrical Vietnamese poetry and prose? Seek:
James Banerian (Ed & transl), "Vietnamese Short Stories: an intro [10 anthology]," Sphinx, 1986, 0-932729-03-7, 160pgs.Read more ›
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Needed for a class I am taking, interesting stories but not my type of book for pleasure reading. The book was sent to me brand new and I like that very much.Published on September 12, 2009 by Guadalupe Estebanez
This is a great anthology to teach from: whether you're teaching a creative writing class or a literature class, this has worked very well in my experience. Read morePublished on September 3, 2007 by Kansas City Star